The conventional view of beauty in our world is based entirely on ego.

I was at the Greater Vancouver Regional Zoo in Aldergrove on the weekend.  Even before I paid for my ticket I had a revelation.

As you enter, you walk past some Asian mountain goats of some sort.  They sat atop a fake mountaintop posing for pictures like children in an inflatable pool that are keenly aware that it is not the ocean.

Being in the movie business, I get to see how styrofoam bricks translate into images on screen.  The view of the goats on the hill could convincingly be cropped into a scene of a wild mountainous valley region.  Yet the illusion would fail.  In nature it would be beautiful.

I wondered why this scene was devoid of beauty.  The answer came effortlessly–beauty is freedom.


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